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The King (2019)



Critic Consensus: While The King is sometimes less than the sum of its impressive parts, strong source material and gripping performances make this a period drama worth hailing.

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Hal (Timothée Chalamet), wayward prince and reluctant heir to the English throne, has turned his back on royal life and is living among the people. But when his tyrannical father dies, Hal is crowned King Henry V and is forced to embrace the life he had previously tried to escape. Now the young king must navigate the palace politics, chaos and war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life -- including his relationship with his closest friend and mentor, the ageing alcoholic knight, John Falstaff (Joel Edgerton).

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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (46)

The King is so laden with the trappings of profundity and prestige that in the end, it smothers itself to death.

December 6, 2019 | Full Review…
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The plays are about [Hal's] youth and immaturity - his unreadiness to be king - and Chalamet captures that impetuousness.

November 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Almost everything about The King works brilliantly, from the casting (not least Robert Pattinson as a deliciously detestable Dauphin) to the generally cracking script by Michôd and Edgerton.

November 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Separate from Shakespeare's influence, The King doesn't quite work. Its greatest strength is its visual language, which focuses on the tedium of war.

November 6, 2019 | Full Review…
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All this is to say that, yes, Pattinson really is the only reason to watch The King. In a film that takes itself so SO seriously, he decided to have a little fun. His performance as the Dauphin is not necessarily what you'd call "good."

November 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The Battle Of Agincourt has never looked better. But despite valiant efforts from an underused cast, this is not quite the definitive take on Shakespeare's Henriad.

November 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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